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Sydney Opera House

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • November 19th, 2015

Sydney Opera House

is one of the most famous and iconic buildings in the world. It was opened in 1973, by the Queen of England Elizabeth II. Since then, it has been the hallmark of 


Its construction was originally scheduled to take 4 years, with a total cost of 7 million. However, the Opera House actually took 14 years to build and a total cost of 102 million. They really missed the mark when they made their estimates, didn't they? 
The theater consists of several rooms, the Concert Hall and Opera Theater being chief among them. These two rooms are covered with giant 'shells' or 'sails'. The roofs of the other rooms also resemble a shell, giving the building a complete and harmonious appearance.
While the outside of the Opera house was seen almost by everyone in Sydney, only a few saw the theater from the wings. During the day, there was only 1 tour which started at 7 a.m., while the theater was just waking up...
A couple of views from the outside:
All staff enter the building through the Stage Door:
A whole street is hidden under the Opera House. In general, the theater is so big that its territory could accommodate 8 humpback Boeing 747s:
Elevators for lifting the scenery at the stage level:
Several world famous stars have performed at the 

Sydney Opera House

A few years ago, the tradition of kissing the wall before going on stage started. Only the 'greatest' were allowed to do this, for example, the leftmost kiss was left by Janet Jackson:
Concert Hall:
Opera Theater:
Dramatic Hall:
Music Studio: Here, music was performed by INXS, the Bee Gees and many others . . . 
Inside the Opera House is one of the largest organs in the world:
To the left of the scene, if you look in the hall, is the director's desk. The audience can't see him, but he is able to control all the processes on stage:
Directorial control of the Opera House is separated from the stage by a wall with a window, so that outside sounds do not interfere with the performance:
Orchestra section of the Opera House:
The stage itself:
In Australia, the garbage is collected separately, even in the changing rooms:
This is the lounge of the renowned conductor of the Sydney Symphony orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy:
When he first moved to Sydney, he tried several music instruments before choosing 'the one'. He even signed it to make sure that it wouldn't be replaced:
Author: Sergeydolya

Translated by: Gian Luka

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